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Old 05-31-11, 03:12 AM   #1
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Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

A decent price for so many Crown International goodies (and baddies):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VOVW0O/

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Old 05-31-11, 06:35 AM   #2
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

$10 on walmart.com, great deal regardless at either price.
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Old 05-31-11, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

Darn, I should have waited. This contains the films of four other eight films collections, of which I own at least three.
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Old 05-31-11, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

Thanks for the he heads up!

I wish this contained the films that are in the OOP Drive-In Cult Classics Vol.4
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Old 05-31-11, 02:37 PM   #5
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

Off the top of my head, I know I have a bunch of these. I wish there was an easy way to figure out the rest.
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Old 05-31-11, 03:29 PM   #6
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

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Off the top of my head, I know I have a bunch of these. I wish there was an easy way to figure out the rest.
I would think that if anyone on the forum would need a database to keep track of what they have, it would be you.

I must have well less than half of what you have, don't keep them in a database since DVDSpot died, and make buying mistakes all the time.

How do you even keep somewhat of a close handle on what you own?

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Old 05-31-11, 04:33 PM   #7
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

http://www.collectorz.com/ I also have the phone app.

Then it's just a matter of making sure I enter any new movies which is another challenge. Movies for the kids usually end up downstairs so I forget they exist and never enter them. My memory is decent enough to remember the movie covers of what I own but tv shows are generic enough that I've bought the same volumes of Family Guy a couple of times already and did the same with MST3K last year.
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Old 05-31-11, 05:06 PM   #8
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

Hi everyone, I've been lurking here since 2002 and never really felt the need to create an account and post before. I'm an avid fan of Mill Creek/BCI's releases of Crown International Pictures, and have built an extensive spreadsheet referencing every title in the Crown Library with all of the DVD releases.

This 32 movie set collects the titles from the 8 pack releases Drive In Cult Classics Vol. 1-3 and After Dark Thrillers.

The situation is further complicated with the releases of the 12 packs from Mill Creek. As it is, including the Dangerous Babes set that is scheduled for a July 26th release, there are only three titles from the 32 movie set that are not also on the 12 packs: Double Exposure (from After Dark Thrillers), Malibu High (from Drive In Cult Classics vol. 1), and They Saved Hitler's Brain (from Drive In Cult Classics vol. 2, and ultimately a very minor re-edit of Madmen of Mandoras which is on a 12 pack). Double Exposure and They Saved Hitler's Brain are both featured in Mill Creek's Pure Terror 50 pack, along with other non-12-pack-as-of-yet Crown titles Don't Answer The Phone and Point of Terror, as well as the 12 pack titles My Mom's a Werewolf, Satan's Slave and Terror in the Jungle.

Buying the 32 pack creates the situation of further duplication down the line if you start getting 12 packs because you'll end up almost entirely duplicating it (and perhaps completely duplicating it with the release of future 12 packs). Including Dangerous Babes, there are 8 12 packs so far, collecting 95 unique titles across them (unfortunately Sister in Law from Big Screen Bombshells is on the cover of Dangerous Babes, presenting the first intra 12 pack duplication), including 29 of the 32 on this set. 12 packs can generally be found for around $5 new, around $3 used for the older ones.

As far as Drive-In Classics Vol. 4 goes, it has been entirely re-released across the Pure Terror 50 pack (Don't Answer the Phone) and the 12 packs Rare Cult Cinema (Young Graduates, The Specialist), Savage Cinema (Death Machines, Wild Riders), Big Screen Bombshells (Chain Gang Women), Gorehouse Greats (Brain Twisters), and Too Cool For School (The Van).

I think that if you don't own anything and are just kind of curious the 32 pack is a great place to start, but if you're going to try to collect all of the titles it becomes redundant, except in that it does feature the better transfer for Trip with the Teacher, less compression for the titles from Drive In Cult Classics Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, which were spread one film per side instead of two, and my favorite Crown movie Malibu High which, though available on Drive In Cult Classics vol. 1, has yet to appear in a 12 pack.
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

^ I'm confused, but I still vote that the best first post ever. Delayed welcome to the forum.
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it does feature the better transfer for Trip with the Teacher, less compression for the titles from Drive In Cult Classics Vol. 2 and Vol. 3, which were spread one film per side instead of two
That's not always true as some of these films have enough space to fit two to a disc. They may have also used double layered discs for one set and single for the other.
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Old 05-31-11, 08:52 PM   #11
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That's not always true as some of these films have enough space to fit two to a disc. They may have also used double layered discs for one set and single for the other.
In comparing the transfer of some titles from DiCC Vol. 3 to their 12 pack counterparts I noticed less compression artifacts, Pom Pom Girls comes to mind as a specific example. I can't recall how every title compared beyond that, and I don't have DiCC Vol. 2, so my statement probably was too sweeping. I don't think the differences that are there are significant for titles using the same transfer, which is the case for the vast majority (with a particular exception being Trip with the Teacher that featured a new anamorphic transfer on DiCC Vol. 1 and BCI's standalone releases but is in an old 4:3 (if open matte) video transfer on the 12 pack release).

EDIT: I've just compared Van Nuys Blvd on DiCC Vol. 3 to its presentation on the most recent 12 pack Explosive Action. DiCC has it in anamorphic widescreen and a little blocky, and Explosive Action has it 4:3 from an older master (with letterboxed opening titles) and blockier.

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Old 05-31-11, 09:11 PM   #12
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

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Hi everyone, I've been lurking here since 2002 and never really felt the need to create an account and post before. I'm an avid fan of Mill Creek/BCI's releases of Crown International Pictures, and have built an extensive spreadsheet referencing every title in the Crown Library with all of the DVD releases.
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Care to share your spreadsheet? I've been meaning to create one for myself since I have a bunch of the 50 movie packs and some random other packs I picked up. I thought at one time if you got all the 50 movie packs you'd have everything, but that's probably not true anymore. I also have some random PD releases that I wanted to compare to see if they are on any of the other sets. I just haven't taken the time.
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Old 05-31-11, 09:44 PM   #13
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Care to share your spreadsheet? I've been meaning to create one for myself since I have a bunch of the 50 movie packs and some random other packs I picked up. I thought at one time if you got all the 50 movie packs you'd have everything, but that's probably not true anymore. I also have some random PD releases that I wanted to compare to see if they are on any of the other sets. I just haven't taken the time.
I put the file on dropbox but I dont have enough posts to post the link.

The 50 packs are kind of overwhelming for me. I got in on the 250 horror pack, but not the other 250 packs, and I have the Pure Terror, Chilling Classics and Drive-In Movie Classics. Even with those alone I wonder if I'll manage to watch them all.
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my favorite Crown movie Malibu High which, though available on Drive In Cult Classics vol. 1, has yet to appear in a 12 pack.
BCI has a 20 movie Grindhouse pack with this, just to add to the overlapping
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Old 06-01-11, 01:33 AM   #15
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

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EDIT: I've just compared Van Nuys Blvd on DiCC Vol. 3 to its presentation on the most recent 12 pack Explosive Action. DiCC has it in anamorphic widescreen and a little blocky, and Explosive Action has it 4:3 from an older master (with letterboxed opening titles) and blockier.
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In comparing the transfer of some titles from DiCC Vol. 3 to their 12 pack counterparts I noticed less compression artifacts, Pom Pom Girls comes to mind as a specific example.
This is my main beefs with many of the Mill Creek/BCI/Rhino Crown sets over the years. It's not a matter of avoiding duplication at some point -- which is nearly impossible, really -- it's a matter of deducing which set has the best transfer of certain titles. POM POM girls one of the trickiest of the bunch. Some sets have the "widescreen" version which is missing almost all of the nudity and sex and riddled with slashing green lines (projector damage?), while other sets contain the open matte full-screen version which is in much better condition and fully uncut. Seems like the companies handling the Crown library have little incentive to use only the best prints they have available. Perhaps they think using the scratched-up and chopped up versions is somehow more in keeping with the "grindhouse" esthetic they're shooting for with these sets.

Thanks for the tip-off on the DANGEROUS BABES collection. Looks like that one's got three titles I don't recall being in any previous sets: GOLDEN HAIR, SEXTETTE (a must-see for bad movie buffs, though I doubt it will compete with the recent semi-special edition from Scorpion Releasing), NOON SUNDAY (another rarity!) and the long-delayed VIRGIN QUEEN OF ST. FRANCIS HIGH, which was originally scheduled to be on a double feature with MALIBU HIGH way back in the BCI days, which actually made it to pre-order in 2006 at many sites before being shelved for some strange reason. Amazon's dead listing is still up: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GETUBA/. Unfortunately, buying the DANGEROUS BABES set means re-buying 8 movies I already have, some in more than one set!
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Old 06-01-11, 01:56 AM   #16
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Care to share your spreadsheet? I've been meaning to create one for myself since I have a bunch of the 50 movie packs and some random other packs I picked up. I thought at one time if you got all the 50 movie packs you'd have everything, but that's probably not true anymore. I also have some random PD releases that I wanted to compare to see if they are on any of the other sets. I just haven't taken the time.
A spreadsheet would be nice... Fortunately, Annie Van Auken has a listing on Amazon (in her comments section) but yeah, it is a pain in the butt to keep track. I've been trying to go for the comedy and classics and I own several sets now but it seems the Mill Creek sets that I have been content with is the Comedy Classics 100, Mystery Collection 250, Family Collection 250 and Hollywood 100. Granted, I have other cult-based sets as well but man, it is a pain in the butt to keep track of.

You really have to keep your eye on ebay for the big sets...I got the Mystery 250 for $9 and I see it for $90 now. The Family 250 has been $90 for awhile but on ebay you can find it in the high $30s at times.
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Old 06-01-11, 04:00 PM   #17
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

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POM POM girls one of the trickiest of the bunch. Some sets have the "widescreen" version which is missing almost all of the nudity and sex and riddled with slashing green lines (projector damage?), while other sets contain the open matte full-screen version which is in much better condition and fully uncut.
So, which one has the open matte POM POM girls with all the good stuff!
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Re: Amazon: Mill Creek's Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set - $11.49

I couldn't decide whether to get it or wait for a more complete (i.e. less redundant in the future) set and left it in my cart. Today I see the message: "Please note that the price of Drive-In Cult Classics - 32 Movie Set has decreased from $11.49 to $10.49 since you placed it in your Shopping Cart."
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So, which one has the open matte POM POM girls with all the good stuff!
Starlite Drive In Double Feature: Pom Pom Girls/The Van, Drive In Cult Classics Vol. 3, and Drive In Cult Classics 32 Movie Pack all feature the uncut open matte Pom Pom Girls presentation (along with trailers for Malibu Beach and Weekend Pass). School Dazed 8 Movie Pack and Too Cool For School 12 Movie Pack feature the anamorphic widescreen edited presentation of Pom Pom Girls. There is a two pack of The Beach Girls and Pom Pom Girls from when Rhino had the Crown license, the scan of the back cover on Amazon says 90 minutes and the reviews mention it being 4:3 so I imagine that it's the former.

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That POM POM GIRLS/THE VAN "Starlite Drive-In" combo from way back actually has excellent prints of both films (not to mention some bonus junk that I don't believe shows up on any other presentations of those titles), which is why I was so disappointed to see the horrible version they included in the SCHOOL DAZED collection. The key review of the latter set at Amazon is mine; I've also reviewed a couple other Crown collections if I recall correctly. Sad to read that the compromised version also turned up in the TOO COOL set. THE VAN usually looks OK in all the sets, but some seem just a tad better than others. That could be due to compression issues for all I know, though.

Even though I've seen and/or still own every single title in that 32-pack, that price drop is tempting me to get it just for the space savings. Talk about pathetic . . .
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I bought the Too Cool for School set for the Exploitation challenge
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Old 06-01-11, 08:13 PM   #22
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Aww, turn that frown upside down! I think overall Too Cool for School is a great release for the titles it collects for the price. There are some issues with Pom Pom Girls but otherwise it's about as good as you're going to find for the titles in it.
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I have exactly half of these movies. I guess I'll order it at that recently lowered price.
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I'd hoped this collection would include The Carhops, a film I saw at a drive-in in about 1980-81, but no such luck. Oh, well.
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Aww, turn that frown upside down! I think overall Too Cool for School is a great release for the titles it collects for the price. There are some issues with Pom Pom Girls but otherwise it's about as good as you're going to find for the titles in it.
True, I did get it mostly for My Tutor and figured the whole package was a nice deal.
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